British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships

Aim of the award

The aim of the British Academy in making these awards is to offer opportunities for outstanding early career researchers to strengthen their experience of research and teaching in a university environment which will develop their curriculum vitae and improve their prospects of obtaining permanent lecturing posts by the end of the Fellowship. The primary emphasis is on completion of a significant piece of publishable research, which will be assisted by full membership of an academic community of established scholars working in similar fields.

Eligibility requirements

  1. Applicants must be supported by the UK host institution in which they wish to hold the Fellowship
  2. Applicants must be within three years of the award of a doctorate (for the 2017/18 competition this means either already having been awarded a doctoral degree following a viva voce examination held on or after 1 April 2015; or having a reasonable expectation that they will have submitted and had their thesis examined by 1 April 2018)
  3. Applicants in the 2017/18 competition awarded a PhD following a viva voce examination held prior to 1 April 2015 who are unable to offer extenuating circumstances, such as interruption to their academic career for maternity leave or illness, will not be considered
  4. Applicants must be a UK or EEA national, or have completed a doctorate at a UK university. Any applicant who does not fall into one of these categories must demonstrate a strong prior association with the UK academic community, for example through already having been employed in a temporary capacity (longer than twelve months) at a UK university.
  5. NOTE: If you are unsuccessful in the 2017-18 round you will require an invitation from the British Academy to submit an application to the scheme in future years.

Number of Awards: 45 awards are expected to be offered

Level of grant and tenure

Awards are for three years

Applying for this scheme

  • Interested applicants must identify a potential mentor, make contact with them to scope out synergies and name the proposed mentor in their draft application.
  • Schools review drafts and select preferred candidates, notifying successful candidates by 28/06/17
  • Information and Training session for selected candidates 12/07/17
  • Further writing of the application during the summer
  • Call opens towards the end of August 2017
  • Applications submitted to Faculty of Arts internal Peer Review Process by 11/09/2017
  • Applications submitted to BA sometime around 09/10/2017
  • NOTE: The British Academy will change its online submission system in the summer. They are moving from the current e-GAP to Fluent Flexi-Grant System. The new system will be live from the beginning of August 2017.

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Directors of Research

School of Humanities SRD:
School of Modern Languages SRD:
School of Arts SRD:

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